Archives: November 2004
Tue Nov 30, 2004
Well, I guess this place just ain't the same without our token Red-State Lovin', Christian-right followin', Pacificism disdainin' Jacques, but here's an interesting article by a very interesting guy. (If you're still out there lurkin', Jacques, you can co
The Hour of the Beast
by Joel Kovel
In this sour, apprehensive, and Bush-inflicted month of November, we should remember the great surge of activism set going by the vain attempt to stop the Republican juggernaut. If we are to honor its promise, though, we need to learn its lesson, and understand more deeply the nature of the enemy. For we have been here before.
“Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold . . .” The poet Yeats saw it coming, remarkably, as long ago as 1919. Since for Yeats history was cyclic, he saw it as coming again and again, building and rebuilding itself from the disintegration of society. “The best lack all conviction, while the worst/ Are full of passionate intensity.” He foresaw the perversion of the Christian eschatology by the monstrosity of war: not Christ, but a beast would return, even a beast claiming direction by Jesus. “And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, slouches toward Bethlehem to be born?” Our apocalyptic Right--half Christian fundamentalism, half capitalist rapacity—is the beast for the moment. It is the abomination against which it warns, for the beast is nothing more than the human form become monstrous and ecologically nihilistic.
In the midst of these gloomy forebodings, one feature of the recent election especially sticks in the throat: even allowing for voter fraud, the propaganda machine, and the like, the fact remains that millions of what for want of a better word we must call “ordinary people” gave consent to, indeed, believed in, a man who is beyond doubt the worst president in American history, and certainly the one most harmful to their material interests, not to mention, those of humanity as a whole. It is as though Yeats’ beast has been reborn in the American soul, confounding, once again, the threadbare hope that workers will sensibly vote their class interests. More...
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Thu Nov 25, 2004
Family Values 101
Witnesses Say U.S. Forces Killed Unarmed Civilians
By Kim Sengupta
The Independent U.K.
Wednesday 24 November 2004
Allegations of widespread abuse by US forces in Fallujah, including the killing of unarmed civilians and the targeting of a hospital in an attack, have been made by people who have escaped from the city.
They said, in interviews with The Independent, that as well as deaths from bombs and artillery shells, a large number of people including children were killed by American snipers. US forces refused repeated calls for medical aid for injured civilians, they said. More...
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Coups 'R' Us?
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Wed Nov 24, 2004
I don't know if any of you care about Venezuela one way or the other, but it is important to note that their President has been ratified in four landslide elections.
November 16, 2004
Dear Mr. Weber,
I am writing in response to your letter, recently made public, regarding the National Endowment for Democracy’s activities in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. As a representative of Venezuela in the United States, I cannot advance any comment regarding the letter on behalf of the Supreme Court or the Attorney General, as they are institutions independent of the Executive Branch of Government. Regarding the case referred to in your letter, there is a pending investigation in the Venezuelan judiciary, and any comment to that end must be addressed by that body.
As you know, it is illegal for foreign governments and organizations to finance political campaigns in the United States. It would be illegal, for instance, for Democratic Party activists to accept money from a foreign government to gather signatures to recall California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
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Ever wonder why Bush didn't make it over to Caracas on his Tour of the South America?
Investigation of Assassination of Venezuelan State Prosecutor Leads to Shoot-Out and Death
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By: Gregory Wilpert – Venezuelanalysis.com
Caracas, November 23, 2004—The investigation into last Thursday's car bombing death of one of Venezuela’s most prominent prosecutors led to a morning shoot-out in one Caracas’ busiest plazas. The shoot-out, which took place in Plaza Venezuela, started when Venezuela’s investigative police, the CICPC, approached the car of Antonio López, a young lawyer and son of a former legislative representative. The CICPC were looking for the car in connection with the car bomb assassination of state prosecutor Danilo Anderson.
According to police officers involved n the incident, Antonio Lopez opened fire on the police as they approached him, which returned fire. The shootout resulted in the wounding of Lopez and two of the police officers. All three were then transported to a nearby hospital where Lopez and one of the officers died shortly thereafter.
After the shoot-out, the CICPC decided to raid Lopez’s home, where they found a large cache of weapons, explosives, grenades, bullet proof vests, gas masks, and bomb-making material. Interior Minister Jesse Chacon, who held a press conference at the Lopez home, said that also among the material was found a device similar to the one used in the Danilo Anderson bomb. The device is for attaching an explosive and a detonator to a surface.
Chacon went on to say that Lopez was trained “in U.S. schools where mercenaries are prepared that accompany its occupation forces.” “This mister took part in all the courses since the year 2000 that U.S. dogs of war take, such as courses in explosive tactics,” said Chacon. Pointing at some books among the discovered material, he added, “Here you see manuals on explosives and further back is a photo album with pictures from the courses that Antonio Lopez took in the United States.”
Antonio Lopez’s father, who lives in the same house as his son and who was home during the raid, said that he knew of his son’s fondness for weapons, but that he never saw the armaments that the police found there and suggested that perhaps the police had planted them there. Lopez’s parents were taken in for questioning.
Chacon also explained that Lopez was connected to a law firm by the name of De Sola-Paté, which belongs to René de Sola and John Paté. According to Chacon, “Mr. Paté is a North-American who is illegally practicing law in Venezuela. He has strong ties with the CIA.”
The De Sola-Paté law offices were also raided and René de Sola, in an interview with the news channel Globovision, said that such a raid was to be expected and proceeded completely normally. “We are completely surprised by what is happening because we never knew of any political activities of his,” said de Sola.
The police also released two police sketches of people witnesses say they saw near the scene of the Anderson bombing. More...
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Sun Nov 21, 2004
A friend of Mencken's
"If any man has a ghost
Bourne has a ghost,
a tiny twisted unscared ghost in a black cloak
hopping along the grimy old brick and brownstone streets still left in downtown New York,
crying out in a shrill soundless giggle;
War is the health of the state."
- John Dos Passos
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Fri Nov 19, 2004
As Democracy is perfected...
"As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and
more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious
day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and
the White House will be adorned by a downright moron."
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In the immortal words of that most compromised of self-appointed "leaders" of Black America: "Keep Hope Alive!"
"The difference was hundreds of votes in each of the different places we examined," said Bev, "and most of those were in minority areas." More...
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Thu Nov 18, 2004
Now Is Not the Time For National Unity!
by Nicholas von Hoffman
A little disunity, please. Let’s get divisive, gang. No national healing—raw wounds, anger and resentment. This is the moment for accusations and recriminations.
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Wed Nov 17, 2004
Time for a little "State's Rights" of Our Own?
"To red-state voters, to the rural voters, residents of small, dying towns, and soulless sprawling exburbs, we say this: Fuck off. Your issues are no longer our issues. We're going to battle our bleeding-heart instincts and ignore pangs of misplaced empathy. We will no longer concern ourselves with a health-care crisis that disproportionately impacts rural areas. Instead we will work toward winning health care one blue state at a time." More...
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Tue Nov 16, 2004
The Ballad of The Bush Leagues
My satirical epic poem-in-progress is now posted on line. I will continue to update the work as it expands.
Please spread the word: http://estnyboer.com/ballad
Yours for 4 (four) more years,
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If only Kelly could watch FOX News while living in Spain. Then she'd still believe.
For an American Abroad, Where's the Love?
by Kelly Ramundo
I am a 23-year-old American living in Spain - disconnected both geographically and culturally, and at times politically and even emotionally. But not any more. This presidential election hit too close to home.
It is clear to me living in Europe that there is no coalition with America in any way, shape or form. President George W. Bush and his supporters appear to be the only ones not to realize it.
And this sad fact is taking its toll. Being an American abroad no longer means what it used to. I had spent time in Spain and Europe before 9/11 and before the invasion of Iraq. It would be a lie to say there is no difference in how the world views Americans since Bush has assumed the presidency, and more specifically since he invaded Iraq. Big changes have occurred.
People no longer are intrigued to meet us, or curious about what the American Dream is about. I am no longer peppered with questions about Big Macs, skyscrapers, Woody Allen films, rap music and guns. Now they ask why we are in Iraq.
Instead of the respect and awe many Europeans had for us, now they shockingly ask whether Americans are able to understand how some of the world may have felt that justice was served in some morbid, bittersweet way when the Twin Towers burned that 11th of September. The heartfelt sympathy they felt for us immediately after 9/11 has eroded since Bush's unilateral invasion of a sovereign nation, and has led some to conclude that America is paying for its arrogance.
No, we are not loved in Europe. We are not any longer seen as the leaders of the free world, but as its oppressors. In light of Bush's arrogance in international affairs, who could really blame them?
I have never before felt the embarrassment I now feel when I am asked where I am from. And I have a feeling that most Americans living abroad would say the same thing.
Kelly Ramundo lives in Madrid. She was born in Islip, New York.
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Mon Nov 15, 2004
Bush, God, and Moral Values
By Edwy Plenel
Friday 12 November 2004
George W. Bush's electoral victory was decreed. In a speech at least, or rather a sermon: in Washington National Cathedral, September 14, 2001, where all the United States' political elite was assembled, communing under the shock of the previous Tuesday's attacks, the evangelical pastor Billy Graham concluded his homily with these astonishing words: "This day - September 11 - could be remembered as a day of victory if the American people came closer to God."
September 11 - a day of victory then, victory over divisions, derelictions, and weaknesses, the victory of America over itself, God's victory above all, insisted this charismatic preacher, universal televangelist, and religious star (cf. Sébastien Fath, Billy Graham, pape protestant? [Billy Graham, Protestant Pope?], Albin Michel, 2002, 22 Euros): "Now we have a choice: either to implode and disintegrate emotionally and spiritually as a people and a nation; or to chose to become stronger through these troubles and to rebuild a solid foundation. (...)This foundation is our confidence in God. (...)We also know that God will give wisdom, courage, and strength to the President and his entourage." More...
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Wed Nov 10, 2004
Aggressive War: Supreme International Crime
By Marjorie Cohn
Tuesday 09 November 2004
Associate United States Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson was the chief prosecutor at the Nuremberg Tribunal. In his report to the State Department, Justice Jackson wrote: "No political or economic situation can justify" the crime of aggression. He also said: "If certain acts in violation of treaties are crimes they are crimes whether the United States does them or whether Germany does them, and we are not prepared to lay down a rule of criminal conduct against others which we would not be willing to have invoked against us."
Between 10,000 and 15,000 U.S. troops with warplanes and artillery have begun to invade the Iraqi city of Fallujah. To "soften up" the rebels, American forces dropped five 500-pound bombs on "insurgent targets." The Americans destroyed the Nazzal Emergency Hospital in the center of town. They stormed and occupied the Fallujah General Hospital, and have not agreed to allow doctors and ambulances go inside the main part of the city to help the wounded, in direct violation of the Geneva Conventions.
The battle of Fallujah promises to be far more shocking and aweful than the bombardment of Baghdad that kicked off Operation "Iraqi Freedom" in April 2003. A senior Marine Corps surgeon warned that casualties will surpass any level seen since the Vietnam War.
There have already been 100,000 "excess" Iraqi deaths since Bush launched his first strike on Iraq 18 months ago - that is, above and beyond those killed by Saddam Hussein, sanctions, U.S. bombings, and disease, all put together, in the 15 months prior to the invasion.
A study published by the Lancet found that the risk of death by violence for Iraqi civilians is now 58 times higher than before Bush began to liberate them in April 2003.
Bush's war on Iraq is a war of aggression. "Aggression is the use of armed force by a state against the sovereignty, territorial integrity or political independence of another state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Charter of the United Nations, as set out in this definition," according to General Assembly Resolution 3314, passed in the wake of Vietnam.
The only two situations where the UN Charter permits the use of armed force against another state is in self-defense, or when authorized by the Security Council. Iraq had not invaded the U.S., or any other country, Iraq did not constitute an imminent threat to any country, and the Security Council never sanctioned Bush's war. Bush and the officials in his administration are committing the crime of aggression. More...
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Tue Nov 09, 2004
In 2004 It Was “Right and Wrong” that Went Wrong
Robert Creamer More...
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Mon Nov 08, 2004
The 'Reagan Coalition'
Recieved this email from a friend who is a U.S. history teacher: More...
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True Color of America
Blue + Red = [url=http://www.princeton.edu/~rvdb/JAVA/election2004/
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Fri Nov 05, 2004
This email is good.
Democrats Need a Religious Left
By Rabbi Michael Lerner
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Thu Nov 04, 2004
It's the 'Moral Values', stupid.
Polls say 'Moral Values' were the big winner on Tuesday. Even if those who vote for Bush are hurt by his policies, they'll prefer to vote for him, finding a 'politics of meaning' in his simplistic messages. In the end, my reaction is that the push for gay marriage proved to be the defining factor in this election- the big turnout was rallied for those to go to the polls and vote against it. People as a whole may be for civil unions, but not gay marriage.
And this caused a As Bush speechwriter Frum said on NPR last night, 'A fratricial party is not a winning party' - and Patrick Buchannan may be willing to call for a civil war in the Republican party, but in the 'issues oriented' and 'identity politics' orientation of the Democratic party is left to carve up their messagess among these issues. It's far past due time for Democrats and Progressives to articulate their 'Values' versus saying they're for or against 'Issues'.
Anyway, I feel a bit better today after having got some dead sleep last night.
But this will be an irritating 4 years. Even as Bush is 'reaching out' and talking about healing, Cheneyis saying the 51% is a mandate, even the NY Times is repeating this; There's no one there to push back and say 'no it's not'.
Even while even BBC is validating the idea of a 'mandate' repeating to a world audience that more people voted for this president than any other president, It was a narrow victory with a deeply divided electorate. More people voted against this president than in any time in history. It was the narrowest margin of victory for a sitting president since 1916- Woodrow Wilson, and that's a quote from the Wall Stree Journal. Rebuild and get off your asses Democrats. With the biggest losers of the party like Tom Dachile gone, turn this party into something we can be proud of. Fight back.
And the most moderate folks in the Administration: bye bye. Soon to be replaced with who knows what. With Republicans in power in all branches of the government, whatever balance there has been is out the window. I'm worried about those who are moderate to left of center; alienation in the face of bald faced radical right rhetoric is going to create some desperate acting people. The whole point of democracy is to be inclusive; we will not see much inclusion.
I plan on trying to clear my mind and trying to enjoy things a bit more. Many people who care about social justice and economic fairness or any one of these smaller 'identity issues' right or wrong that are more or less the domain of the Democrats have been walking shellshocked for the last couple years. Yesterday, the faces of many people were flu-like, cold greiving.
Also, the problems with those who are in this so called 'liberal eliete' - we don't know how to talk to conservatives, and can't even understand why people would vote for Bush, prefering to de-humanize those who would vote for Bush, just as the radically minded right de-humanize us with their caractures.
Create a spiritual/religious Left that can talk values that religious people share. A quote from Michael Lerner: "Democrats are going to have to get over the false and demeaning perception that the Americans who voted for Bush could never be moved to care about the well being of anyone but themselves."
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Wed Nov 03, 2004
Winter is getting colder
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and I am neither. Distressed, worried, powerless, threatened. Those do not require healing, they require satisfying action. A change in situation. The gloating iowahawk is right on one point - learn from your mistakes. I hope the leadership of the Democratic party gets the point - what they are doing isn't working. More...
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Let the healing begin.
I'm taking a week off from blogging to change diapers. Let the healing begin.
At least we know what Michael Moore's next movie WON'T be about.
Film-maker killed in Islamic revenge
By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard and Joan Clements in Amsterdam
An outspoken Dutch film-maker was shot and stabbed to death yesterday by a Dutch-Moroccan man in apparent reprisal for his campaign against Islam, sending shock waves through a country that exalts freedom of speech.
Theo van Gogh, 47, a provocateur and enfant terrible of Dutch cinema, was ambushed by a bearded man in Arab clothing as he cycled through the heart of Amsterdam.
The Dutch media immediately linked the attack to the director's latest film, Submission, which highlights the repression of women in some Islamic cultures.
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Simple but Effective - Why you keep losing to this idiot.
By William Saletan
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Well, I guess a slim majority of U.S. citizens who voted chose the wrong Yale Grad over the preferable One...Sigh....
Another six pack of Grain Belt, please Mr. barkeep, and a little Willie on the stereo...yeah...and the lights down low.... Thanks a lot.
Oh hey... could I bum a few of those Kools from ya? Thanks, man, it's been a long day......
Well, I 'spose the sun'll come up sooner or later....it always has....maybe I'll just stop reading the news and concentrate on yoga and meditation for a few years...right after I get drunk.
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Tue Nov 02, 2004
GET HIM OUT
cringing. can't work much now that i've done my part. fuck. I don't even know where to watch the Laker game tonight. Fuck. Ok, gotta clean house....
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Mon Nov 01, 2004
BushQuotes pre-Sept. 17
On the eve of this here 'lection '04 I give you a chance to travel back in time. My BushQuotes collection (http://estnyboer.com/bush) did not begin until Sept. 17, 2001. Over the past few months I've worked to fill the gap, sloughing over the words of Dubya in the tender days of his early presidency. The collection is now up-to-date.
Please enjoy this sampler of pre-Sept. 17 material from the archives and remember to vote Republican.
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Candy Pancakes Movie Revisited
watch the movie (1.3 mb)
Cornerites: sorry about the bandwidth issues. Yet, how many servers can handle Corner linkage? Not many, I fear.
Oh, and one more thing: I'm the lone conservative on this collective blog of leftists. Please leave lots & lots of irritating pro-Bush comments. Show them that Cornerites care.
Anyway, go BUSH!!!!
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